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Alternative & Indie - Released January 17, 2020 | Mmm...Records

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Despite the five years of silence which separated Everything Else Has Gone Wrong from its predecessor So Long, See You Tomorrow, the formal beauty of Bombay Bicycle Club’s kaleidoscopic pop music has remained intact. This fifth album certainly has the aura of a cosy, fresh, multi coloured cocoon. The feeling of well-being is felt in every corner of this fifth album from the London band, that have sometimes been compared to Vampire Weekend. Since their beginnings, the members of Bombay Bicycle Club have always excelled at jumping from one genre to the other, just as comfortable with classic indie rock as they are with folk music, psych pop and even synth pop. With airtight choruses, a production style which always feels original (Texan John Congleton, a previous collaborator of St. Vincent’s, was in the studio with them) and a perfect mix of electronic sounds and acoustic instruments as well as expertly executed vocal harmonies, Everything Else Has Gone Wrong is the culmination of fifteen years of experience from a group which appears to be more important than one might think. © Clotilde Maréchal/Qobuz
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Alternative & Indie - Released January 1, 2010 | Universal-Island Records Ltd.

After a brief run as the flavor of the month in the British music press (a fate that has killed lesser bands) and making their much anticipated debut with the smart and tuneful indie rock of 2009's I Had the Blues But I Shook Them Loose, Bombay Bicycle Club have switched gears rather dramatically on their second album, Flaws -- namely, while they still sound indie, they've decided that, for the meantime they'll do without the rock. Flaws is a gentle, low-key acoustic set, most of which was recorded in Jack Steadman's bedroom, and the four songs that were cut in proper studios don't sound particularly more elaborate. Drummer Suren de Saram and bassist Ed Nash are audible, but they're pushed to the back of the mix and do little more than lend a gentle pulse to the songs, and singer/guitarist Steadman and guitarist Jamie MacColl are practically the whole show on much of the album. An album like Flaws lives and dies on the strength of the songs and the ability of the singer to make them work without excess artifice, and it's Steadman and MacColl's good fortune that their material is melodically strong and lyrically intelligent, and Steadman's voice has just enough presence to carry the tunes. Steadman also has a flair for the dramatic that allows him to recast himself in different styles with élan, conjuring a variety of moods on his own songs as well as shaping himself to the work of other writers. Steadman's take on John Martyn's "Fairytale Lullaby" doesn't add much to the original, but the light quaver of his voice is well-suited to the song's fragile beauty, and the group's reimagining of Joanna Newsom's "Swansea" is the most full-bodied performance on the album and honors the spirit of Newsom's gossamer original while finding something new in it. Flaws sounds like a detour rather than a bold step in a new direction, but it speaks volumes about the strength and intelligence of Bombay Bicycle Club's songwriting; these tunes are impressive even as played by two guys with banjos and guitars in someone's bedroom, a trick not every band can pull off. © Mark Deming /TiVo
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Alternative & Indie - Released January 17, 2020 | Mmm...Records

Despite the five years of silence which separated Everything Else Has Gone Wrong from its predecessor So Long, See You Tomorrow, the formal beauty of Bombay Bicycle Club’s kaleidoscopic pop music has remained intact. This fifth album certainly has the aura of a cosy, fresh, multi coloured cocoon. The feeling of well-being is felt in every corner of this fifth album from the London band, that have sometimes been compared to Vampire Weekend. Since their beginnings, the members of Bombay Bicycle Club have always excelled at jumping from one genre to the other, just as comfortable with classic indie rock as they are with folk music, psych pop and even synth pop. With airtight choruses, a production style which always feels original (Texan John Congleton, a previous collaborator of St. Vincent’s, was in the studio with them) and a perfect mix of electronic sounds and acoustic instruments as well as expertly executed vocal harmonies, Everything Else Has Gone Wrong is the culmination of fifteen years of experience from a group which appears to be more important than one might think. © Clotilde Maréchal/Qobuz
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Alternative & Indie - Released January 1, 2011 | Universal-Island Records Ltd.

Bombay Bicycle Club's 2011 album A Different Kind of Fix is a melodically compelling work that builds upon the band's eclectic guitar-based indie rock sound. Featuring production from Jim Abbiss, who produced the band's 2009 debut I Had the Blues But I Shook Them Loose, Fix is a move away from the more acoustic vibe of 2010's Flaws and back toward an electric, oft dance-oriented sound. Tracks like the circular and funky "How Can You Swallow So Much Sleep" and the hummable "Shuffle" are perfect late summer afternoon jams that bring to mind a mix of '80s Peter Gabriel and Kate Bush. Elsewhere, you get the light prog-meets-shoegaze of "Bad Timing," the similarly blissed-out anthem "Take the Right One," and the yearning, percussive echo chamber number "Leave It." © Matt Collar /TiVo
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Alternative & Indie - Released February 3, 2014 | Universal-Island Records Ltd.

Bombay Bicycle Club's fourth studio album, 2014's So Long, See You Tomorrow, finds the band building upon the dance-oriented sound of 2011's A Different Kind of Fix while still remaining faithful to their melodic, introspective indie rock roots. Once again centered around the lead vocals of Jack Steadman, the album was purportedly written while Steadman was traveling through Europe and India, and many of the songs on So Long, See You Tomorrow contain samples of the various sounds, music, and rhythms Steadman encountered on his trip. And while there are definitely Bollywood-esque qualities here, especially on such songs as the hypnotic and driving "Overdone" and the equally as swirling "Carry Me," the results are never overt or heavy-handed. These are organic, living productions that touch upon rave culture and world music while remaining rooted in melodic songcraft. The album also features guest lead and harmony vocals from British singer/songwriters and rising pop divas Lucy Rose and Rae Morris. All of this stylistic and creative synergy lends the album a layered, late-'80s adult contemporary vibe. In fact, cuts like the sparkling "Luna" and the yearning "Home by Now" definitely bring to mind So-era Peter Gabriel. Similarly, the moving ballad "Eyes Off You" has sustained drama that recalls Gabriel's classic 1986 duet with Kate Bush, "Don't Give Up." Ultimately, So Long, See You Tomorrow is highly engaging, thoughtful, kaleidoscopic pop music for citizens of the world. © Matt Collar /TiVo
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